Who Needs Paper? Tips and Techniques for Leaf Cutting
In this workshop, we will be cutting designs into collected leaves rather than into paper. Cutting leaves presents extra challenges and requires adaptability from the artist. In addition to hands-on cutting, we will discuss design planning based on individual leaf characteristics and techniques for preserving your artwork. Never run out of media to cut again!
Use Your Words! Fun with Papercut Lettering and Design
In this workshop, we will explore a number of different ways of incorporating letters, words, and even longer quotations into your papercut artwork. First, we will take a brief look at the art and design of lettering and writing—we’ll browse a range of historical styles and fonts. The main part of the workshop will focus on practical design: placement, positive and negative space, and decorative uses of lettering within papercut artwork.
Tunnel Books: A peek into a three dimensional world!
Take papercutting to the next level and advance your papercutting skills with tunnel books! In this class, participants will construct a tunnel or “peepshow” book. Tunnel books are unique book structures that can easily incorporate papercuts. They are sometimes called visual narratives, but they may or may not tell a story. When you look into a tunnel book, you are looking through an opening into a 3D world. The book is made up of layers of pages or panels that are parallel to each other. There may be a few pages or many pages. The completed pages are attached to accordion folds or concertina binding by hinges, which allows the book to be folded up or opened up for viewing.
The Odds and Evens of Folded Paper Cutting
Have you ever wanted an odd number of repeats for your fold and cut stars? Wondering about where to start? We will work with squares of paper to turn them into incredible stars or mandalas by using a simple system of folding and cutting. Beginning with seven repeats we will work our way into the teens and the challenge is to go beyond twenty one repeats!
Glow: Incorporating Backlighting into your Papercuts
From window art to light boxes, learn how to incorporate backlighting into your papercuts. This workshop will explain the pros and cons of various translucent materials and light sources, as well as where to find them. Meanwhile, participants will create a cylindrical luminary.
Mark Making in Papercut: Creating Texture and Value
In this workshop, participants will explore the use of repetitive mark making in papercutting. This exploration will focus on using these repetitive cuts to develop contrasting values and textures. Over the course of this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to practice this concept on a basic five-point star.
According to The Washington Post I’ve got “what are called, in the world of culinary competition, knife skills.” We’ll focus on capturing ultra-thin powerlines and see how that skill translates to the thin grout between bricks, delicate window frames, chain link fences, and so many other things that make cities (and papercut cityscapes) straight fire.
Zooming Papercutting Workshops: Challenges and Opportunities
Learn how to set up 2 cameras, demonstate how to use a knife and engage all in the class. Make your class as enjoyable as if you were in person.
Lucy P. Liu
Traditional and Newfangled Chinese Papercutting Demo and Workshop
Watch a fascinating demo, and learn basics of traditional and modern Chinese styles of paper cutting from Lucy P. Liu, artist-in-residence at the Chinese American Museum of Chicago.
Altered Books: Transforming the Familiar
Join me for some book arts play as we alter an old text blocks into an exciting paper sculpture. Part demonstration, part exploration; you will learn techniques for altering books such as positive and negative shape cutting, unbinding, and designing with different book types. If you can’t bring yourself to cut up old books, you can substitute a small notebook instead.
Add color, depth, and detail to your papercuts by layering papers. Use three or four paper colors to create a papercut that looks like a linoleum print.
Using Painted Paper
Students will learn techniques for making and using hand painted papers in their designs. We will discuss how to paint paste papers, translucent papers, and how to add light color to Tyvek with dye. Since we cannot be together, those pre-registered will be mailed a packet of sample papers to experiment with during the workshop as we discuss backgrounds, gluing, and layering.